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“Can't Get Much Better in Port A”
Review of Venetian Hot Plate

Venetian Hot Plate
Ranked #3 of 85 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 0 - USD 30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Finding an above average restaurant in a touristy beach town (Port Aransas) in summer isn't easy, but this place works. It's not cheap, but it's reasonable for a night out.

We had two families of four, all children between 14 and 11 years old, so we called ahead the day we planned to eat and they took our reservation. Like all places In the town, parking is at a premium but we found a place to park at the softball field just across the street. There is a sign on the door asking parents to be courteous with "loud children" but our families were welcomed and the staff was gracious to our kids.

The atmosphere is nice -- certainly more upscale than most places in town, but casual at the same time -- plenty of men wearing (nice) shorts.

The food was excellent. For our party of 8 we got two orders of calamari, and it was served grilled, not fried, and everyone in our party thought it was fantastic. I'm not a big fan of flounder, but I ordered one of their specials of the day, a sautéed flounder with mushrooms and mashed potatoes and it was perfect - a nice bronze crust on the outside and cooked well throughout. We also had an order of the Linguine Nel Golfo and it came with plenty of shrimp and scallops, and an order of the Spaghetti Pescatora, which also had plenty of seafood. There is no kids menu, but the entrees are large enough to split if you want to economize. Note,one of our children had a nut allergy and there were no issues.

They have a decent wine list and as a nice option you can get a carafe (3 glasses) of some of the wines.

The service was excellent -- our server and the other staff were both casual and attentive, well versed in the menu and helpful with all of our requests.

Go there, you'll like it.

Thank 2fromTX
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

What a great place. Food and service both excellent. Paul our server too fantastic care of us. Had a hard time deciding on what to eat because everything sound so good. A must try when in Port A.

Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We love to go here for special occasions. The variety and quality of dishes is great. Intimate atmosphere with quiet attention to their customers.

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Thank Paula S
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

A strange name but good food. The menu is extensive, and the prices are not out of site. My wife had the veal which was excellent, and I the Pasta marinara. The sauce was great. Service was slow.

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Thank MarineAustin
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is my first time in Port Aransas and coming from Austin I'm not used to all food options disappearing at 10. I called into Venetian Hot Plate at 9:25 feeling so guilty about asking for an order to go.

They receptionist was nice about it and took my order. The food was delicious to boot! I really enjoyed the Fettucine Aurora and recommend their ceasar salad.

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Thank tryingtotravel90
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